Rev. Michael Wolcott - Director of YXL Northeast - This is Mike's 9th year being involved in YXL, his sixth as the director. Mike is currently the Assistant Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He got a degree in Youth Ministry and Bible from Houghton College and then his Masters of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington DC. One of his passions is to develop teenage leaders in the church and not just giving them concepts but giving them practical ways to exercise that leadership through being teen leaders in youth group, service projects, missions trips and using their spiritual gifts in real practical ways at church and youth group. He is in his 17th year at Trinity. Mike is married to Sharon and has four wonderful children: Joseph, Anna, Daniel and Eden.
Deb Felak - Registrar and Planning Team - Deb is in her 9th year as our Registrar at YXL Northeast. She is an active member of Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ephrata, PA. Deb has an AMAZING husband, Chuck, five children, three sons-in-law, and five grandchildren she adores. Deb does a little bit of everything for YXL from registering, to doing hospital runs, to keeping in contact with speakers and churches, and keeping the rest of the planning team in line (that's a full-time job)! We are blessed to have Deb helping us out with YXL.
Joe Slack - Planning Team of YXL Northeast - Joe is in his 7th year of helping plan YXL Northeast. He is currently the Youth Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Joe is a graduate of Clemson University and loves his NATIONAL CHAMPION CLEMSON TIGERS (you can decide for yourself if this is looking BACK to 2017 or ahead to 2019)! He also earned his Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary. Joe has a heart for challenging Christian students to step up and lead, using their gifts and talents. He has a real desire to ask the difficult questions to get students thinking about their faith and what that means for their lives. Joe can be seen leading a lot of our initiative and team building type activities. He likes to see students get frustrated because it creates teachable moments in regards to their faith and opportunities to grow in leadership. Joe is married to his wife of almost 16 years, Nicole. They have three daughters: Savannah, Alison, & Emmeline.
Heather Smith - Planning Team of YXL Northeast - Heather is from Pittsburgh, PA. She is the Upper School Science teacher and varsity soccer coach at Robinson Township Christian School, where she has worked for 11 years. She holds bachelors degrees in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Grove City College, and a masters degree in Instructional Leadership from Robert Morris University. Along with teaching and coaching teens, she has been working with the youth group at Providence Presbyterian Church for 11 years. Recently married, Heather can often be seen making students laugh or cry, depending on whether or not she is leading one of our group initiatives involving hula hoops.
Taylor Rollo - Planning Team of YXL Northeast - Taylor has only recently joined the YXL team but is excited about being a part of this ministry for a 2nd year. He serves as the associate pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Blacksburg, VA, where he lives with his wife-of-eleven-years, Erika, and his two boys--Gabriel (5) and Corban (2). Part of his ministry at his church is leading the youth group, which has given him a passion to see youth grow in the Reformed faith, their love of Christ, their love for the Church, and their passion for the lost. He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary of Atlanta, but his background before seminary was in astrophysics, which he still loves. In his spare time, Taylor enjoys reading scientific journals and theology, writing, and watching Braves baseball.